-God is not in the business of tweaking. He is in the business of transformation.-

Recently I have been alternately avoiding and pondering this quote: “God is not in the business of tweaking. He is in the business of transformation.” (from Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly)

I want to be transformed. I am tired. I know, through prayer and the affirmation of those who know and love me that this is my time to be transformed. In ways I cannot fully explain the time really is now! It is partly because of my life situation; I am wife and mom who has time on her hands, who works part time, who has the freedom of adult children along with a husband who does laundry and grocery shops. After years of juggling career, school schedules, doctor appointments, sports, taking care of a home, and, and, and, you know all the rest, you do it; I have the opportunity to establish my own rhythm and schedule. And I can’t do it. Just when I can reach out and feel the plan all coming together it is snatched out of my hands, high winds carrying it away. Why?

I want to be transformed. I am tired. Why can’t I be transformed? It’s not because I am tired. It’s because I am afraid and I keep forgetting who will transform me. I think it’s up to me. It’s not. It’s up to him. I need to pray. Cooperate. Be Still. Trust. Obey. Pray. Yes, I said pray twice, it bears repeating; it is the most important factor. When I pray consistently and constantly I remember who is in charge. Hint, it’s not me!

This Lent I pray that we all trust in the transforming power of mercy and the love of our Father. Then, we can be transformed!

Copyright 2016 Deanna Bartalini
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About Author

Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at, serves as the editor of the blog, and is a contributor there as well as at Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Our Sunday Visitor. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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